Another one of my simple cartoons about political philosophy. Hate speech is a concept that practically dominates political discourse these days, has done for some years. I've always found it to be contemptible and revolting. Think of the ego required to believe that one's own perspective ought to define the acceptability of speech or ideas for the whole society. A relative few disgruntled noisemakers can today topple institutions, creative projects, careers spanning decades. This is destructive and completely impractical to begin with, before considering ethics. Ethically, letting the most vindictive people who lust for the punishment of others, simply for what they say or believe, are the last people anybody needs steering the ship of society. Unless what you want is to be the Titanic.